Tardigrade an extremophile


Here is tardigrade commonly known as water-bear or moss piglets , an organism which can survive in extreme conditions ranging from top mountain to deep ocean. It is first known organism which can survive in space. The sample is taken from village Bhauri, Madhya Pradesh (India). I tried a lot to find it on moss and  dust as well as water. But I found it on lichens which were present on tree  of Acacia acacia .  The tardigrade has 4 pair of legs with each having 4 claws.  This organism follows two processes: anhydrobiosis and cryobiosis.

Protocol :

I simply  took the lichens in a petri-plate  containing water  and put it for 1-2 hours. Now I filtered it. I took 2-4 drops of that liquid and put under foldscope slide. I observed it in foldscope.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. laksiyer says:

    Fantastic. Let us try to get down to the genus level if possible. For this you need more features like the head, abdomen and other details. Find more of these.

    1. evolution says:

      Thanks Sir, still we are trying to get down these organisms. Hopefully we will be able to collect these organism at a large scale.

  2. laksiyer says:

    Great. If you put the same lichen in water for at least 2 more days, you might get more tardigrades. Use the ditch well to capture them moving. That is what I do. https://microcosmos.foldscope.com/?p=19782

    Unfortunately, the tardigrade diversity is really low where I live, so I dont seem to be seeing too many types. I am sure in MP we might find some unknown species.

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